''Most important of all, THE BOX MUST NEVER BE OPENED. Do
Jane is the only one to befriend the strange new girl in her
class. All the other children think Staffa is weird, with her
paper-white skin, strange way of speaking and funny old fashioned
clothes. But Jane thinks Staffa is fun, and silly and brave. The
only thing Jane doesn''t like about her is her mother, Lady
Matilda, who dresses in huge tweed knickerbockers, drinks a vile
smelling tea and seems to be sizing Jane up for something.
Nonetheless, Jane agrees to go on holiday with Staffa. Travelling
with them is the exquisitley painted box Lady Matilda always keeps
by her side. Jane is given strict instructions NEVER to open the
box but when she wakes one night to see a strange glow coming from
it, she can''t resist a peek inside. What she sees changes her life
for ever as she finds herself plunged into the tiny world of Eck...
a world of slug steaks, spider racing and a tyrannical Queen
hell-bent on marrying Jane off to her son...
This is a vividly drawn contemporary fairy tale, full of mad
invention, adventure and wonderfully colourful characters.